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Celebrating International Women's Day


After the discussion at the City Club on immigration, we took a break and had a coffee and a vegan cookie before heading to the Free Stamp at the corner of Lakeside Avenue and East 9th Street to take part in an action for International Women's Day which always occurs on March 8th.

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Very briefly, the website states that it is "a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity."

Accordingly, despite the wind and the snow, about 40 people gathered at the Free Stamp including Ms. Annette Chase who ran Ms. Meryl Johnson's successful campaign for Ohio School Board in 2016; local U.S. Congressional candidates Mr. James Jerome Bell (District 11) and Ms. Susan Palmer (District 16); and former U.S. Congressman and current gubernatorial candidate Dennis J. Kucinich who was accompanied by his wife, Ms. Elizabeth Kucinich, and his running mate, Akron City Councilperson Tara Samples.


Ms, Kathy Wray Coleman of the "Imperial Women's Coalition" took charge of the event and lead the participants on a march to the Old Stone Church where a rally took place.

Unfortunately, due to the cold and fear of getting sick, we didn't make it to the Church but veered off instead to the IMG Building on East 9th Street to attend a fundraiser that took place in the Penthouse for Ms. Betsy Rader, a civil rights attorney who is running for office in Ohio's 14th District which includes Lake and Geauga Counties as well as parts of Cuyahoga County.

While we were there, we visited with Ms. Rader's dedicated campaign staff including her campaign manager, Mr. Braxton Isaacs, as well as Ms. Anne Kehler and Ms. Marissa Gray who work in the area of campaign finance.

We also talked to Ms. Margie Gass who once served on a board with Ms. Margaret W. Wong; Ms. Fran Goins whose son, Matt, once worked for "Margaret W. Wong & Associates" as a paralegal; and Ms. Ellen Schur Brown, Assistant Director of Development for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

As for Ms. Rader, herself, we admire her because she has devoted her career to giving a voice to those who ordinarily have no voice so to no surprise she agrees with us on the need for genuine, constructive comprehensive immigration reform instead of what the regressive package that the Trump administration is putting forth.

On this occasion, Ms. Rader was a little late to her fundraiser because she chose to speak at the International Women's Day rally at the Old Stone Church thus, unlike ourselves, she braved the cold and was happier for it.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC